The Wild Hotel’s uncluttered and whitewashed decor – grounded by zen-enhancing natural materials like untreated blonde wood, white linen and bamboo furniture – shifts the focus to those turquoise sea views, visible from almost everywhere thanks to its cliffside perch. Get ready for some hard decisions, like picking a prime sunbathing spot: should you kick off your Greek sandals by the Aegean-gazing infinity pool or down on the postcard-perfect stretch of private beach? When you need to beat a retreat from the Cycladic sunshine, pull up a stool for reviving meals in the romantic candle-lit taverna or head to the soul-restoring boutique spa – it’s in the works for 2020.
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A €100 resort credit to use in the restaurant or spa (one a booking)
Check-in is from 2pm; check out is at noon. Both can be flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £369.10 (€417), including tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 0.5% per booking on check-out and an additional government tax of €4.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates generally include the buffet breakfast spread: choose from fresh fruit, cereal, yoghurt, granola and home-made pastries or pies. Cooked to order items from the à la carte menu (like poached eggs or avocado toast) will cost extra.
The equipment in the outdoor gym is so sleek that you could almost mistake the space for a modern-art installation. Don’t be shy – the weights, stationary bike and rowing machine will help you work up an appetite for your next Greek feast.
The hotel is only open during the summer season, usually from May to mid-October.
At the hotel
Private beach, open-air gym, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, air-conditioning, tea and coffee, plug adaptor, Malin+Goetz bath products.
Our favourite rooms
You can’t go wrong with any of the individually designed suites – they’re all draped in island elegance with whitewashed floors, artisanal accessories and light linens. For honeymoon-worthy seclusion, spring for the Signature Suite – you can admire the sea views from your swimsuit-optional private pool.
Bask next to the sea-spying sliver of infinity pool, positioned by the bar and restaurant – it’s dotted with chic sunloungers and shaded by thatched palm parasols.
There’s a subterranean spa in the works for 2020, set to offer treatments inspired by ancient Greek therapies. Massages will also be available on the beach or in your suite.
Channel Mykonos’ most ardent admirer, Jackie O, in oversized sunglasses and Sixties-inspired silhouettes.
Due to its steep steps, the Wild Hotel isn’t suitable for wheelchair users.
Little Smiths are welcome, but don’t expect lots of family-friendly frills – the Wild Hotel was definitely designed with grown-ups in mind. Babysitting can be arranged with 48 hours notice for €20 an hour (a minimum of four hours a booking).
You’ll feel like you’re falling into the sea (in a good way) if you opt for a table close to the cliff’s edge.
Keep something warm in reserve in case the evenings get gusty.
At the airy, indoor-outdoor La Taverna, chef Xenia serves traditional Greek dishes with the freshest local produce and some international flair – don’t be surprised if Italian, or even Hawaiian, flavours peek out. In the evenings, you can’t beat the candlelit cliffside setting for sheer romance factor. Try the dolmada (stuffed vine leaves) or stuffed tomatoes to start, before moving on to salt-baked sea bass.
The Wild Bar, just off the restaurant, serves classic cocktails and comfort food – or choose from their large selection of boutique Greek vintners.
Breakfast is 8am–10.30am; place your last orders for taramasalata at 10pm; the bar stops serving around 11pm.
The full restaurant menu is available as room service during opening hours.
You’ll find the Wild Hotel perched on a clifftop in Mykonos’ southeastern corner, not far from Kalafatis beach.
Mykonos’ airport is just 25 minutes from the hotel by car.
If you want to roam to remote beaches, it’s best to rent wheels at the airport. The hotel has free parking on site.
Worth getting out of bed for
Start with what’s here: you can easily spend your days inching from bed to beach to pool or banishing the last trickles of tension at the therapeutic boutique spa (it’s due to open in summer 2020). The hotel will happily arrange boat trips, scuba diving, horse riding or kite surfing for the actively inclined. When you’re eventually ready to venture out, take a cab to Chora to stroll the labyrinthine alleyways and dent your debit card in the designer boutiques and jewellery shops. Have your camera at the ready for the town’s cultural sights – the ancient domed Church of Panagia Paraportiani and the Windmills of Kato Mili.
If you prefer to take your Greek island getaway at a snail’s pace and end up eating every meal at the hotel, you’ll be in good company. But if you’re pondering pastures new, start with Fokos Taverna on Fokos Beach – you’ll feel you’ve travelled back to a simpler age at this back-to-basics taverna serving traditional dishes like calamari salads, grilled local fish and ceviche. The wait will be worth it at Kikis on Agios Sostis beach, a secretive restaurant with no sign, no phone and no electricity – it’s only open for lunch, so arrive promptly at noon for the vibrant flavours and sweeping sea views. When you’re ready to rub elbows with the glitterati, they’re probably gallivanting at Spilia; the seafood hotspot is carved out of a cliffside, right on the Kalafatis beach – order the sea urchin pasta, fresh polpo and plenty of rosé.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this bohemian beach hotel in Mykonos and unpacked their baskets and sandals from Chora’s boutiques, a full account of their luxury Greek Island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Wild Hotel in Mykonos…
As soon as you enter the Wild Hotel and spy the shimmering expanses of sea, the dinky pathway to the private beach and the achingly elegant design, you may turn to your Cycladic companion and whisper worriedly, ‘When do you think it gets wild?’ Perhaps you were expecting toned and tanned bodies shimmying to discordant dance music, or an ostentatious see-and-be-seen pool scene? Nope – the hotel’s name actually refers to the legendary fishermen of the nearby village: these aggressive Aegean anglers were known to be the fiercest on the island, earning themselves the moniker the ‘Wild Ones’. Now, the only ferocious thing left in this laidback idyll is the strength of the summer sun and, though beachy bacchanals may be only a short drive away for party-seekers, a third glass of delicious Greek wine at the hotel’s traditional taverna would be more than enough to fill your ‘wild’ quota in this bohemian, back-to-nature island outpost.